The Mental Health and other Drugs Unit plays a leading role in the Queensland Government’s program Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care (TRAIC) which is designed to support the community with a sustained ability to withstand and recover from adversity.
The TRAIC program encompasses suicide prevention, building resilience, and fostering recovery among people and communities affected by drought, disaster and other community crises. The program is delivered in communities in nine Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) in Queensland: Cairns and Hinterland, Townsville, Mackay, North West, Central West, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Darling Downs, and the South West.
Key elements of the TRAIC program coordinated by the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch include:
- Integrating mental health support throughout the patient journey by strengthening the connection pre, during and post contact with a mental health or emergency department service.
- Enabling frontline workers to better respond to people experiencing mental health issues through tailored training packages on suicide prevention and other mental health conditions.
- Increasing mental health literacy and improving help-seeking behaviour by implementing locally based strategies which increase resilience at the individual and community level.
- Interagency collaboration to build community resilience by fostering an inter-agency approach to improving resilience and referral pathways to treatment and support programs.
The TRAIC program is complemented by an annual $600,000 community grants program designed to enable Queensland communities affected by adversity associated with drought, disaster and other crises to build community resilience.
The TRAIC program is delivered through senior clinicians known as Regional Adversity Integrated Care Clinicians. These clinicians work collaboratively with the community, government and non-government service providers.
Please view the TRAIC program for more information.